Can The Finals Get A Negative TV Rating?
So what's the best possible outcome for Round 2? From a basketball standpoint, a Heat-Pacers and Thunder-Spurs matchup would probably be the most aesthetically appealing. From pure fun, give me Thunder-Warriors and Heat-Knicks, both of which would probably draw monster ratings. Disaster scenario? Grizzlies-Spurs and Bulls-Pacers, a middle-of-the-country matchup that would feature great basketball and would probably get beaten in the ratings by The Big Bang Theory reruns.
The NBA is praying for Game 7's in all four Round 2 matchups, but the only one that has a real chance of getting there is probably OKC-Memphis. The Knicks look absolutely cooked, Chicago can't keep battling like they have been, and Golden State is entirely too happy to have advanced out of Round 1 to make much noise against the juggernaut Spurs. This year's Finals may be a return to the Bad Old Days of 2007, a matchup featuring LeBron and the Spurs that no one watched.
It would be fantastic if Round 2 is suddenly exciting, but Round 1 can be boiled down to: Injuries, two sweeps, a boring Game 7, goodbye stars, hello apathy. Maybe we get four epic series this round, but don't bet on it.